Cost of Attendance and Financial Need

To prepare a student's financial aid award, the Student Financial Services Office subtracts the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated from the information provided on the student's FAFSA, from the estimated cost of attendance, often referred to as the student budget, to determine financial need.

Following are sample student budgets for the 2022-23 nine-month academic year for full-time students, undergraduates enrolled for 12-20 credits, and graduate students enrolled for 6 credits:

Budget CategoryUndergraduate Student
Living On or Off Campus
Undergraduate Student
Living With Parents or Relatives
Graduate Student*
Living On or Off Campus
Tuition $50,328 $50,328 $14,292
Books & Supplies $900 $900 $900
Technology Fee $546 $546 $366
Wellness Fee $450 $450 $345
Activity Fee - - $30


$8,445 $2,910 $9,609


$5,079 $2,190 $4119 
Personal Expenses $2,400 $2,400 $2,400
Transportation $1,650 $1,650 $1,650
Total Budget$69,798$61,374$33,711

*Enrollment requirements and tuition rates for graduate students vary program-by-program so actual tuition and book costs vary widely from this sample budget. 

After financial need has been determined, Student Financial Services prepares a financial aid award, including as much aid as the student is eligible to receive within the constraints of both the student's need and the availability of funding. Depending on a student's eligibility, a financial aid award will include one, some or all of the following types of aid: scholarships and/or grants, work opportunities and loans.

A student can see the costs and EFC used to prepare their financial aid offer by accessing their Financial Aid Self Service portal via mySeattleU online.